Survival rates for endometrial cancer
Some people with cancer may want to know the survival rates for their type of cancer. Others may not find the numbers helpful, or may even not want to know them. If you decide that you don’t want to know them, stop reading here and skip to the next section.
The 5-year survival is the percentage of people who are still alive 5-years after diagnosis. Of course, many patients live longer than this, but it is a standard way to talk about the outlook of someone with cancer. The 5-year relative survival rate compares the 5-year survival of people with the cancer to the survival of others the same age who don't have cancer. This is a better way to see the impact of the cancer.
When all cases of endometrial cancer are looked at together, the 5-year relative survival rate is about 69%. But most of these cancers are found at an early stage, which has a 5-year survival rate of over 91%. (The earlier this cancer is found, and the lower the stage, the better the 5-year survival rate.) And the outlook (prognosis) for a woman depends not only on the stage of her cancer, but several other factors, too.
These numbers give you an overall picture, but keep in mind that every woman's situation is unique and the statistics can't predict exactly what will happen in your case. Talk with your cancer care team if you have questions about your personal chances of a cure, or how long you might survive your cancer. They know your situation best.
Last Medical Review: 08/01/2012
Last Revised: 01/21/2013